1.On the island of Socotra, Dragon's Blood Trees grow in an umbrella shape in order to retain moisture from the arid environment and provide shade from the sun in order for the soil and roots to remain healthy below.
2.Tasmania's coastline glows blue due to a "sea sparkle" effect that's actually caused by microscopic blue algae.
3.Blades of certain types of grass can look like yellow happy face emojis when viewed by microscope.
4.The Rafflesia Arnoldii not only looks like a cartoon prop out of Honey I Shrunk The Kids, but it's the largest single flowering plant in the world.
5.Edible pods of water made from seaweed could be the end to plastic waste.
6.Emtomopathic fungi — aka mushrooms that kill insects — could be nature's answer to using chemical pesticides.
7.When touched, the Mimosa Pudica — aka "Shy Plant" or "Sensitive Plant" — goes limp and its leaves fold up as protection.
8.Gingko Biloba trees are so strong and durable that even though their branches burned off when the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, the trees bloomed again the very next spring.
9.The Night Sky Petunia looks like it's been plucked straight from the cosmos.
10.The Victoria Amazonica — gigantic lily pads originating from the Amazon jungle — are so big that animals and small humans can stand on them.
11.The Lithops variety of succulents look the way they do because they evolved to blend in with their rocky environment.
12.The Romanesco Cauliflower grows in perfect Fibonacci spirals.
13.The Welwitschia is considered to be a LIVING FOSSIL and lives anywhere from 400 to 2,000 years.
14.Wolffia — the world's smallest flowering plant — also boasts one of the most rapid reproduction rates among vegetables.
15.Palm trees bend, not break, during high-intensity winds and hurricanes due to their sponge-y inside and malleable cell structure.
16.This tiny fern is able to capture nitrogen in the air and convert it to something that plants can actually use.
17.And finally, the Strelitzia Reginae plant look like birds.
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